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Delhi is home to some of the most fascinating museums displaying its long history and cultural glory. List of famous Museums in New Delhi is presented here.

Museums in Delhi

Museums in Delhi - Being the national capital, Delhi, expectedly, has a large number of museums. More so as it lay on the path of every invader and many of them made it their capital. The largest repository of these relics of the ages is the National Museum. The exhibits, divided in different sections, are beautifully displayed. Close to the National Museum is the Nation to the National Museum is the National Archieves that stores important manuscripts. Then there are independent museums each devoted to a particular subject, like the railways (preserving and displaying locomotives and carriages used by the Indian Railways since its earliest days), philately, arts and crafts, natural history, and even important historical personalities like Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi.

Here is the list of famous Museums in New Delhi:

National Museum Janpath, Delhi

National Museum Janpath
New Delhi
Phone: 23019272

Among the collection are 5,000-year-olf relics of the Indus Valley civilization, varied exotic paintings, old manuscripts and mural paintings from Buddhist shrines in Central Asia.
Open: 10 am-5pm.

Crafts Museum
Pragati Maidan,
Phone: 23371817

A delightful open-air museum, with Indian craftsmen at work. Here amidst the rustic surroundings of a typical Indian village, every month craftsmen from different parts India exhibit their trade. A small sales counter sells items made on the spot.
Open: 9.30 am - 5 pm. Monday closed.

National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri National Rail Museum
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Phone: 26881816

Here original engines and coaches are parked. A small toy train takes children around the museum. A small rail museum is alongside.
Open: October to March 9.30 am - 5 pm
April to September - 9.30 am to 7 pm.
Entry Fee: adult Rs.3, children Rs.2

Tibet House Museum
1 Institutional Area, Lodhi Road,
Phone: 24611515

Ancient Tibetan paintings and other artifacts.
Timings: Open: 9.30 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 5.30 pm.
Closed on Saturday and Sundays. Entry free.

National Philatelic Museum
Daktar Bhawan, Sansad Marg
Phone: 23710154

Collection of Stamps - both national and international.
(Open 9.30 am - 12.30 pm & 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. Entry Free.)

Gandhi Smriti Museum
5, Tees January Marg
Phone: 23011480
Contains books and personal possessions of the Mahatma Gandhi.
Open 10 am - 5 pm.
Entry Free. Public Holidays closed.

National Museum of Natural History
Barakhamba Road
New Delhi
Phone: 23018145
Collection of flora and fauna of the country.
Open: 10 am - 5 pm.
Monday Closed.

Nehru Memorial Museum
Teen Murti Marg
Phone: 23018145
Displays memorabilia and personal possessions of the first prime minister of India.
Open: 9 am - 5.15 pm
Monday closed.

Archaeological Museum
Red Fort, Delhi
Phone: 23267961

Contains relics and rare archaeological collection of the Mughal and British periods.
Open: 10 am - 5 pm. Closed on Fridays.
Entry free.

Gandhi Museum
Opposite Raj Ghat

Phone: 23310168
Has a rare collection of Mahatma Gandhi's personal possessions, specially of the freedom struggle days, including books, magazines.
Open: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Film Shows: Sundays 3 pm (Hindi), 6 pm (English). Entry free.